I read this book about 21-Aug-2007. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1971. This note was last modified Thursday, 22-May-2014 15:31:29 PDT.
This is book 2 of the "David Audley" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
I've also got a general page on Anthony Price.
The re-read seems to be continuing.
This is a remarkably satisfactory book. As always, the mystery is why people did the weird things they did. There's always the chance of luck or an actual mistake, but it can be a fatal error to assume those...and a terrible loss to miss them if they happen. But Audley is mostly involved in the hard cases where they start out on the losing end and have to manage to turn things around or at least cut their losses to acceptable levels.
But basically, it's the concept of blowing the bastards out of the air without warning, just before they get to start doing things, that's so satisfying.
This is Hugh Roskill's book. We learn a lot about his complicated life, and his various sources of angst. He's done with flying, he's afraid of it now, and his temporary tour in Clinton's group resulted in his best friend being promoted into his old command slot—and flying into a hillside the next week, which Roskill feels guilty for. And then Allan Jenkins was somebody he recruited into the tech section, who then got himself blown up (before he could report something important he'd seen). And he gets to go and pump their aunt Mary for information, and in the end he even has to assign higher priorities than revenge for Allan.